Maybe I'm the only person in the nation who's having trouble getting started today. Then again, maybe not. The five days just past have brought us Thanksgiving (otherwise known as the feast day of gluttony and football), Black Friday (the day when the stores get into the black and families get into the red), the weekend when more Americans travel than at any other time of the year, and Cyber Monday (when employees--according to one survey--spend an hour of their boss's time doing their online shopping to take advantage of bargains). I'm not sure there's a word for today, but I'd call it something like Torpid Tuesday.
We are twenty-three days from Christmas. When we look at a calendar, some of us break into a cold sweat. It's time to buy presents, send Christmas cards, get the tree down from the attic and decorate it, risk life and limb on a ladder putting up decorations, start thinking about menus, figure out where the house-guests are going to sleep, and the list goes on. I have to wonder how we manage to squeeze Christ into Christmas each year. And sometimes we don't.
But there are other things to do, things that celebrate the true meaning of the season. The red kettle in front of the Wal-Mart reminds me that the Salvation Army needs our support throughout the year, not just now. The North Texas Food Bank (and, most likely, a similar organization in your area) is struggling to meet the needs of more people than ever during this economic downturn. Here we have Toys for Tots, the Angel Tree, and many others. Undoubtedly, you'll find similar opportunities near you to share what you have, even if it's a bit less this year than in the past. I urge you to do it. Then you'll be celebrating the season appropriately, and it will truly feel like Christmas.